If your work/life balance is terrible, improve these 4 skill sets so that you can enjoy both your work and your life more.

Elissa Teal Watson
2 min readSep 9, 2021

People who think work/life balance is impossible are mistaken.

Learning and applying emotional intelligence skills make it possible to have a work/life balance.

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to understand, use, and manage your own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict.

It helps you build stronger relationships and achieve your career and personal goals.

Emotional Intelligence is made up of 4 major skill sets

1. Self Awareness

How does Self Awareness help your work/life balance?

When you know, understand, and accept yourself, you can make better choices with your time and energy.

2. Self Management

How does Self Management help your work/life balance?

When you manage yourself well, you have the energy and mental clarity to prioritize well and to accomplish your most important work in all areas of your life.

3. Social Awareness

How does Social Awareness help your work/life balance?

Connection, trust, and respect with others are crucial pieces in work/life balance. Using your social awareness skills, you can develop good connection, trust, and respect with others to negotiate what is going to work out (compromises) in both the workplace and in the home.

4. Relationship Management

How does Relationship Management help your work/life balance?

Managing your relationships at work will help you with your work/life balance. Good work relationships are characterized by trust, respect, and good communication. Having good work relationships means that you can concentrate on being productive instead of dealing with the time-wasting, emotional drain of dealing with unresolved conflict.

In the coming days, I’ll be doing a deep dive into each of the 4 skill sets. Be sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss them!



Elissa Teal Watson

I write about mindset, emotional intelligence, self-care, productivity, habits, career, and relationship management.